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School District

1113 Legion Way SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Office: (360) 596-6100


Here at the OSD it is our goal to provide as many resources as possible to keep you informed about what is going on in our district. This page provides a detailed list of those resources that will keep you updated on all the news and events going on in our district!

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    Current Headlines

    School Board Meets at Boston Harbor ES

    The OSD Board of Directors will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 26, 2016, at Boston Harbor Elementary School, 7300 Zangle Road NE, Olympia 98506. This is an open, public meeting and the community is invited to attend.

    Published: 2016-09-22


    The passing of former OSD Superintendent Howard Coble

    Howard Coble, superintendent of the Olympia School District from 1973 to 1980, passed away this morning, Thursday, September 22.

    In addition to leading the Olympia School District, Coble was a superintendent in the Snohomish School District, served as executive director of the Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) from 1980 to 1991, and served on the Capital Region Educational Service District 113 Board of Directors since 2000, according to a message from Bill Keim, WASA executive director.

    Published: 2016-09-22


    Capital High math teacher honored at state awards ceremony

    It was a day filled with anticipation and excitement as the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction honored regional Teacher of the Year finalists, including Capital High math teacher Carol McKay, before announcing the 2017 Washington State Teacher of the Year.

    While the top honor went to a Quincy School District educator, Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he couldn’t be more proud of McKay, one of eight finalists for the state award.

    Published: 2016-09-19


    Library and district partner to bring students greater resources

    Timberland Regional Library (TRL) and the Olympia School District (OSD) have formed a partnership to bring students access to a wider range and depth of information via the library’s vast electronic services collection.

    Both organizations met for several months last spring to determine the feasibility of offering TRL materials to K-12 OSD students. From those meetings, the concept of an online-only Timberland library card was born and named “MyTRL.”

    The MyTRL program, which launches September 21, provides students in elementary, middle and high schools access to the public library’s large and updated collection of research resources, eBooks, digital magazines, downloadable music, videos, and kids and teen homework help. While the first partnership of its kind for TRL, it is patterned after other similar library/school district partnerships statewide.

    Published: 2016-09-07


    Get to Know Dr. Mark Connolly - New Pioneer ES Principal

    We recently took a few minutes to sit down with Dr. Mark Connolly, new principal of Pioneer Elementary School, and ask him a few hard-hitting questions! Check it out...

    Published: 2016-09-06

    September is Attendance Awareness Month

    The state of Washington is joining a nationwide effort this month to call attention to the importance of regular school attendance. September is Attendance Awareness Month in Washington, where one out of every six students was absent at least 18 days in the 2014-15 school year.

    Published: 2016-09-15


    Volunteer art docents needed

    Volunteers are needed to serve as art docents in an expanded elementary school visual arts program this year.

    This is the second year of the visual arts program, which started last year in 10 elementary classrooms and is being expanded this year to 30 classrooms throughout the district’s 11 elementary schools.

    Published: 2016-09-15


    In-person school registration starts September 2

    Effective today, September 2, families who need to register children for school should visit the school in their attendance area to submit necessary registration forms in person. The district’s online registration is now closed to help schools expedite the registration process before and after school opens.

    If you need additional information, please contact the district administrative office at (360) 596-6100.

    Published: 2016-09-02

    Ways of keeping up with us


    Your landing spot for more in-depth content and stories about what is taking place throughout our district. Here you will find emergency district communications, photos/albums, videos, district event postings, shared stories from the Olympian and ThurstonTalk, Student Spotlights, Featured Faculty and stories highlighting programs and accomplishments of students district wide. Please take a second to browse our Facebook page, and if you like what you see you can 'like us' to receive automatic updates.


    We tweet emergency district communications, photos from schools, reminders of upcoming district events, hashtags and regularly retweet pertinent content from throughout our community. Take a look at our Twitter page and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our tweets.


    Our Instagram account features photos and short video clips from schools, classrooms and events throughout our district with brief descriptions of the content. Visit our Instagram and if you like what you see you can 'follow us' to receive all of our posts.

    YouTube Channel

    Keep tabs on our YouTube Channel as we share video of students and schools from throughout our District. If you like what you see you can 'subscribe' to our channel to be alerted to all new videos we publish!

    Spotlight on Success

    Throughout the school year Superintendent Dick Cvitanich and our Communications team put together a Spotlight on Success newsletter with stories and photos of news items that recently took place throughout our district. This is a great way to get a peek into all the great events and activities going on in the schools. Take a peek at our most recent edition of Spotlight on Success!

    Friends of the OSD

    Once a month we send out our Friends of the OSD email to our email list. This is a monthly recap of news and events that took place throughout the District. This is a combination of materials from our Spotlight on Success newsletter, social media posts, as well as news fresh off the press!

    To be added to the Friends of the OSD email list contact We will get you added to our mailing list!

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:
    Communications & Community Relations
    1113 Legion Way SE
    Olympia, WA 98501

    Voice: (360) 596-6103 / Fax: (360) 596-6101

    Susan Gifford, Director of Communications & Community Relations: 596-6104
    Conor Schober
    , Community Relations Coordinator: 596-6106
    Kim Doherty
    , Communications Assistant: 596-6108
    Diana Crawford
    , Public Disclosure Officer: 596-6112